Leading Local Construction Entrepreneur Receives Belfast Chamber Lifetime Achievement Award

The 2022 Belfast Chamber Business Awards Lifetime Achievement Award – sponsored by Bank of Ireland – has been won by construction entrepreneur Kevin Lagan.

Mr Lagan is the founder of Lagan Investments. He started working for the family construction business in the 1960s helping to build it into a hugely successful enterprise before selling the business to Breedon plc in 2018. Mr Lagan has also served on the board of UTV, Belfast International Airport and Belfast Harbour Commissioners.

Mr Lagan told the Awards, which were attended by over 600 of Belfast’s business leaders in the city’s Crowne Plaza hotel, “On behalf of my late father, who started the business in the early 60s, and my sons who now work alongside me, and our incredibly loyal and hardworking employees, past and present, I thank Belfast Chamber and Bank of Ireland most sincerely for this honour. 

“I am not one to seek out awards nor am I in the habit of delivering lengthy speeches – some might say I’m more a man of actions rather than words and that’s the way I like it. 

“The Lagan family has been an integral part of the business community in this great city for over fifty years. We are now a third generation family business. I am proud to have been born and raised in this great City and the Lagan family roots are deeply entrenched here – both as employers and as developers.

“Belfast has really risen from the flames of its past and with its many fine buildings, you will find a connection, whether directly or indirectly, to the Lagan name and to our commitment and pride in working in Belfast.  From the stone, the bricks or chimney pots, the sand from Lough Neagh, Lagan Cement or our Bitumen in the roads, somehow the Lagan materials and products will be embedded in their structures. The Lagan footprint is deeply rooted across this wonderful city”. 

Addressing the Awards, Belfast Chamber President Alana Coyle said, “Belfast Chamber are pleased to say that our Awards are about rewarding and recognising the absolute best in business in our city. The winners in each of our 22 different categories aren’t just successful businesses creating jobs, generating wealth and expanding into new markets across the globe.  They are also doing some absolutely amazing and remarkable things. 

“They’re businesses like the winners of this year’s Business Innovation Award, Re-Vana Therapeutics, who are at the cutting edge of improving treatment of chronic eye diseases and B-Secur – the recipients of the Technology Business of the Year Award – who are world leading in advancing heart health technology.  The Business Success Award winners FinTrU are a great example of a Belfast business that just keeps growing and growing, and Sensoteq, who won the International Trade and Export Award, are designing and manufacturing wireless sensors for remote machine health monitoring and selling them all over the globe.   

“As the voice of business in Belfast, Belfast Chamber are immensely proud of the businesses and business leaders who combine to make our city’s economy so vibrant, innovative and resilient.  We are delighted to have been able to once again work with our principal sponsor Bank of Ireland and our other category sponsors to deliver a hugely successful Business Awards that recognises and regards the best of Belfast business”. 

Paul McClurg, Head of Business Banking Belfast at Bank of Ireland UK continued, “Bank of Ireland is delighted to once again support Belfast Chamber and the 2022 Business Awards, continuing our partnership for the seventh consecutive year. The Belfast business community has so much to be proud of and it’s great to recognise and celebrate their success.

Despite the continuing challenges facing us all, Belfast businesses are continuing to succeed, through hard work, resilience and creativity. The Belfast Chamber Business Awards are a well-deserved opportunity to recognise their dedication and celebrate the imagination, ambition and tenacity that helps secure future success.

Belfast has a central role to play in the growth of the Northern Ireland economy and we are proud to once again acknowledge the progress achieved in the last year and reaffirm our commitment to helping and supporting local business. These Awards create a perfect occasion for us to highlight excellence across the wider Belfast business community and give well-deserved recognition.”

 The full list of winners at the 2022 Belfast Chamber Business Awards was as follows:

Business Innovation (sponsored by Belfast City Council) – Re-Vana Therapeutics Ltd

Customer Service Excellence (sponsored by Belfast One BID) – GLL

Excellence in Contribution to the Community (sponsored by Belfast Harbour) – Musgrave NI

Best New Business (sponsored by Hinch Distillery) – Common Market

Social Enterprise of the Year (sponsored by Queen’s University) – USEL

Family Business of the Year (sponsored by Wilson Nesbitt) – Bathshack

Best Company to Work For (sponsored by Bauer Media) – FinTrU

Business Success (sponsored by Grant Thornton) – FinTrU

Communication Excellence Award (sponsored by Global) – Victoria Square

Business Premises of the Year (sponsored by Linen Quarter BID) – PwC

Young Businessperson of the Year (sponsored by Victoria Square) – James Scullion, Rapid Agency

Team of the Year (sponsored by CastleCourt) – Selective Travel Management

Business Leader of the Year (sponsored by Value Car Parks) – Ian Wislon, Grand Opera House

Best Digital Business (sponsored by Openreach) – Rapid Agency

Best Coffee Shop (sponsored by Belfast Chamber) – Neighbourhood

Best Eatery (sponsored by Belfast Chamber) – Cyprus Avenue

Creative Business (sponsored by Destination CQ BID) – Hair Loss Rehab

Employee of the Year (sponsored by Corvus) – Leila O’Neill, The Juice Jar

Technology Business of the Year (sponsored by RBC Brewin Dolphin) – B-Secur

International Trade and Export (sponsored by Version 1) – Sensoteq

Green Champion (sponsored by Power NI) – Titanic Quarter Ltd

Diversity and Inclusion (sponsored by Equality Commission) – Northern Ireland Water